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Arm Numbness After Vaccine

Arm numbness after receiving a vaccine is a possible side effect that some individuals may experience. Nerves are vital in transmitting messages between the brain and the rest of the body. They consist of motor nerves, responsible for muscle movement, and sensory nerves, which relay sensations like pain and pressure to the brain.

Due to their delicate nature, nerves can be easily damaged, resulting in potentially serious consequences. Nerve injuries can disrupt the flow of signals to and from the brain, leading to impaired muscle function and loss of sensation in specific body areas. In some cases, the protective myelin sheath surrounding the nerves may be affected, which results in weakness, paralysis, or other types of complications.

Individuals who've encountered nerve damage vaccine injuries due to COVID-19 vaccines cannot pursue vaccine injury claims through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This is because COVID-19 vaccines are not included in the VICP coverage. Instead, compensation for injuries related to COVID-19 vaccines is provided through the Counter Measures Injury Compensation Program. For further details about this program, please visit https://www.hrsa.gov/cicp.


Can vaccines cause arm numbness?

While vaccines are important for preventing diseases, some people may experience temporary arm numbness as a side effect. Our body has nerves that send messages between the brain and the rest of the body, including the muscles and sensations like pain. Sometimes, vaccines can affect these nerves temporarily, leading to numbness in the vaccinated arm. It's usually not a big concern, but if you have prolonged or worrisome arm numbness after getting a vaccine, it's best to talk to a doctor. 


What Vaccines Are Known to Cause Nerve Damage?

Many vaccines are known to cause nerve damage including the following:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, or Pertussis (DTaP, DT, Td, Tdap, DTP-Hib): TDaP DTaP and Td vaccines, used to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough), have been associated with rare cases of nerve damage.
  • Influenza (Flu): While influenza vaccines are generally safe, there have been rare instances where certain formulations, particularly those administered through a jet injector, have been linked to nerve damage, such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).
  • Hepatitis B: The hepatitis B vaccine, which protects against the hepatitis B virus, has been associated with rare cases of nerve damage.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV vaccines, designed to prevent HPV infection and related cancers, have been reported to cause rare nerve damage.
  • Measles, Mumps, or Rubella (MMR, MMRV): The MMR and MMRV vaccines, which protect against measles, mumps, and rubella, have been associated with extremely rare cases of nerve damage, including a potential risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).
  • Meningococcal (MPSV4, MCV4): Meningococcal vaccines, used to prevent meningococcal disease, have been associated with rare cases of nerve damage.
  • Varicella/Chickenpox (VAR): Varicella or chickenpox vaccine protects against the varicella-zoster virus. Although severe reactions are rare, there is a possibility of experiencing ADEM, which is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.


What Vaccine Injuries cause nerve damage and Arm Numbness?

While exceedingly rare, it's important to acknowledge that certain vaccines have been associated with instances of nerve damage. These vaccine injuries can manifest in different ways, including:

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM): This condition is a sudden brain and spinal cord inflammation.
  • Brachial Neuritis: It affects nerves that control muscles in the shoulders, arms, and hands, causing weakness and pain.
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS): This disorder causes the immune system to attack the peripheral nerves from the spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs, and feet, resulting in muscle weakness and paralysis.
  • Optic Neuritis:  occurs when inflammation damages the protective myelin of the optic nerve, impairing the transmission of visual information from the retina to the brain.
  • Shoulder Pain (SIRVA): This condition is related to vaccine administration, where a vaccine is mistakenly injected into the shoulder capsule instead of the deltoid muscle, leading to persistent pain.
  • Transverse Myelitis: It causes inflammation across the width of the spinal cord, resulting in weakness and numbness.


What are the symptoms of post injection nerve damage?

Common symptoms of post-injection nerve damage may include:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Tingling or pins and needles sensation
  • Numbness in the injection site
  • Weakness or loss of strength
  • Reduced or altered sensation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty with coordination

If you experience any persistent or worsening symptoms after an injection, it is recommended to seek medical attention for proper evaluation and guidance. 

How We Can Assist You with Your Nerve Damage and Pain Injury Claim

If you have experienced nerve damage and pain after receiving a vaccine, it's crucial to know that you have options for seeking compensation and legal support.

At My Vaccine Lawyer, we specialize in assisting individuals who have suffered vaccine-related injuries, including nerve damage and pain. Our experienced team is dedicated to guiding you through the complex process of filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and obtaining the compensation you deserve.


Evaluating Your Case:

We understand the intricacies of the VICP and will carefully evaluate the details of your case. Our skilled attorneys will review your medical records, vaccination history, and any nerve damage and pain documentation. By assessing the merits of your claim, we can determine the eligibility for compensation under the VICP, considering factors such as the severity of your injury, the link between the vaccine and your condition, and any financial losses you may have incurred.


Navigating the VICP Process:

Filing a claim under the VICP requires a comprehensive understanding of the program's procedures. Our attorneys will guide you through each step, ensuring that all necessary forms and documentation are completed accurately and submitted within the designated timelines. We will handle communication with the VICP and represent your best interests throughout the process.


Building a Strong Case:

To strengthen your nerve damage and pain injury claim, our team collaborates with medical experts specializing in vaccine-related injuries. These experts will carefully evaluate your condition, conducting tests, examinations, and consultations as necessary. Their professional opinions and expertise will provide valuable evidence supporting the connection between the vaccine and your nerve damage and pain, reinforcing the strength of your claim.


Pursuing Fair Compensation:

Our dedicated team will diligently pursue fair compensation on your behalf. We will compile a comprehensive claim, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from your nerve damage and pain. With extensive experience in VICP cases, we will advocate for your rights, aiming to secure the maximum compensation available under the program.


Meet the Author

Paul Brazil - Founding Partner

Paul Brazil is a native of Dunmore, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Dunmore High School. For his undergraduate education, he attended Bloomsburg University where he majored in political science. He then went on to earn his JD from Widener University School of Law. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Brazil worked at a large Philadelphia civil defense firm where he litigated workers’ compensation claims and Heart and Lung Act cases. In 2012, he joined with his coworker Max Muller to form Muller Brazil. 


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